Mental Health

Review: Be Safe I Love You

be safe I love you book coverBe Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman, published February 2015 by Little Brown Group UK.

Read: February 2015
Genre: Adult/Literary/Military/Contemporary
Source: Publisher
#Pages: 289
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Goodreads Synopsis: Lauren Clay has returned from a tour of duty in Iraq just in time to spend the holidays with her family. Before she enlisted, Lauren, and her brother, Danny, made the most of their modest circumstances, escaping into their imaginations and forming an indestructible bond. Joining the army allowed Lauren to continue to provide for her family, but it came at a great cost.

Be Safe I Love You is a novel about war and homecoming, love and duty, and an impassioned look at the effects of war on women, as soldiers and caregivers, both at home and on the front lines.

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Review: Far From You

Far From You CoverFar From You by Tess Sharpepublished in April 2015 by Hachette Children’s Group.

Read: September 2014
Genre: Young Adult/Romance/Contemporary/Mystery/Thriller
Source: Won – Mental Health Awareness Month
#Pages: 352
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Goodreads Synopsis: Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer – but can she track them down before they come for her?

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Mental Health Awareness Month Wrap-Up

mental health awareness monthFor the month of June I took part in Mental Health Awareness Month hosted by Leah from Uncorked Thoughts and Ula from Blog of Erised. I really felt this feature allowed a broad variety and mix of bloggers to come together and openly discuss issues that are often brushed under the carpet, and I know that even with the statistics (that 1 in 4 adults will suffer some form of MH issue) I was surprised at how many of us have faced a MH problem, and was also touched by how many of us felt we could share our experiences and support each other. This is a wrap-up post with mini reviews of the books I read, links to other blogger’s great posts throughout the month, and my thoughts on mental health in fiction going forward.

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Books and Reviews

I posted a quick review for both books in the True North series, which unknown to me when I went into them, actually touched on quite a few mental health issues. I didn’t get around to reading as many books as I would have liked to this month on MH, BUT I was surprised just how many books are out there that deal with the subject matter, and plenty of them have been added to my TBR (Leah has a pretty good list on Goodreads to get you started!), I intend to include more MH fiction in my reading in future on a regular basis. I purchased Severed Heads, Broken Hearts this week and got my hands on the Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock audiobook for free from SYNC Audiobooks, who are giving away two free audiobooks every week in Summer.

You can also check out my review of The Silver Linings Playbook (3.5/5) and The Shock of The Fall (4/5).


I’d like to say a very big “THANK YOU” to both Leah and Ula, throughout Mental Health Awareness Month I participated in various giveaways and I won three. Three! I received a copy of Pantomime, Far From You and a £10 Amazon Gift Card. Many thanks, ladies!

Did you participate in Mental Health Awareness Month? Link me up to your posts below, or recommend great reads that feature MH!

Review: The Shock of the Fall

The Shock of the Fall CoverThe Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, published May 2013 by Harper Collins.

Read: June 2014
Genre: Contemporary/Mental Health/Adult
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 307
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Add to GoodreadsGoodreads Synopsis: ‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’ There are books you can’t stop reading, which keep you up all night. There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real. There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days. The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness.

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Review: The Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook CoverThe Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, published April 2010 by Sarah Crichton Books.

Read: June 2014
Genre: Adult/Contemporary/Romance/Mental Health
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 289
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Synopsis: Imagine your life is a film directed by God. A rom-com, obviously, complete with happy-ever-after ending… Welcome to Pat’s world. It’s a world of silver-linings and true love, but also a world where God makes movies and Kenny G lurks in your attic. It maybe isn’t a surprise to learn that Pat has spent some time in a mental health facility. The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki, his estranged wife; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany and his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. In this enchanting novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat’s mind, showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective.

OK, so with this one I did that thing you’re not supposed to do. I watched the movie before I read the book. I know, I know. Having now both read the book and seen the movie I have to say I’m pretty impressed. I thought the movie stayed very true to the book and was a very strong adaptation. I would nearly go so far as to say I preferred it.

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Mental Health Awareness Month Food for Thought

Quite a while ago, I stumbled upon TED Talks when researching Public Speaking for a management course. It was love at first sight. The talks cover everything from social commentary, to technological and medical advancements, some are very serious, and others very entertaining. I’m participating in Mental Health Awareness Month hosted by Leah from Uncorked Thoughts and Ula from Blog of Erised, and while catching up on some talks recently I found some that focused on Mental Health and thought I’d share them.

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